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SCOTUS Denies Certiorari for PR Cock-Fighters


The U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS) will not hear an appeal from petitioners in Puerto |Rico regarding the banning of cock fighting in all fifty states and territories.  Animal activist organizations including Animal Wellness Action have campaigned for legislation that now appears constitutional with respect to interdicting movement of fighting cocks among states and to territories including Guam and Puerto Rico.


The difficult part will be enforcing the law since cock fighting has considerable support in southern states where birds are bred and multiplied and in territories and states where cock fighting is entrenched in the local culture.


Movement of fighting cocks has the potential to maintain erosive diseases and to spread catastrophic infections and places in jeopardy the export eligibility for poultry products from numerous states or even the entire U.S.

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